Directed By: Dean Parisot
Written By: David Howard and Robert Gordon
When I was working at Action Video twelve years ago this was one of the family friendly movies I played frequently in the store. I thought the movie was funny and it provided me many hours of both background noise and entertainment during the work hours when I was sixteen. I have always loved this movie and still find it funny when watching it now. The cast is made up of great actors who in some cases are so surprisingly funny. I’m also married to a big time Star Trek fan so I especially like a movie like this that is more or less a parody of that series.
I grew up watching Home Improvement so I have always been a Tim Allen fan and specifically like him in this movie. He is really natural in this leadership role and does a great job heading this fantastic ensemble. Sigourney Weaver is great in this movie, she can be so funny and so attractive sometimes. She has such a funny role as the hot woman from the show who didn’t actually do anything but speak to the voice activated computer. What surprises me is how funny she actually is though, I usually associate her with more serious roles so it was a pleasant surprise. Alan Rickman is awesome, I have always liked him in anything he was part of and this is no different. Rickman is hilarious in the role of the Spock-like Dr. Lazarus. I like seeing the diversity from him as an actor when he can be so funny with a role like this. I think two of the best roles in the movie go to Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell. Shalhoub is just so casual and nonchalant no matter what is going on in the movie and it’s really funny. My favorite scene is when everyone is freaking out while they are trying to land on the alien planet but Shalhoub is just sitting there with a goofy smile on his face eating candy. Sam Rockwell playing the part of the no name guy from the show that gets killed on landing parties is great. When he realizes that he is the character that gets killed on the alien planet and starts freaking out it’s so funny. There is one scene where he looks at everybody and demands to know if anyone there knows his last name, and nobody can answer. These characters are not only all funny individually but they had great on screen chemistry that made the movie work really well. Enrico Colantoni plays one of the main aliens and he is very funny in his role as well. There is also a much younger Justin Long in this film playing the part of a big fan that struggles to get the attention of his idol Captain Nesmith.
This is a fun and funny movie that I really have always enjoyed. Not only is this one that I enjoy myself but I look forward to watching it with my kids one day as it is a film you can watch with your children and still enjoy. The humor in this movie can resonate with both fans of Star Trek as well as the people out there who never saw the show. This movie didn’t make any serious waves when it came out and it didn’t win any awards but I think it is worth your time. For a fun and simple movie that you can just sit back and enjoy this is one you need to check out.
I don’t care who you are, this movie is funny. I guess technically, if you have never seen Star Trek, then maybe you won’t get all of the humor, but nevertheless this movie is funny. Ryan introduced me to this movie before he made (yes, MADE) me wach all of the Star Trek movies. I didn’t really understand all of the humor at the time, but I really like Tim Allen and you can never go wrong putting Sigourney Weaver in anything sci-fi, spoof or not.
Is this movie a little bit cheezy? You bet it is. Is it still worth the time? Absolutely. What are you waiting for?
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